12/31/2015 03:49 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Will I Lead Your Tour in 2016?

It's always exciting to be standing at the departure gate of a new year, and when it comes to touring in Europe, I'm eagerly packed and ready to go. In fact, I've got one of my best-ever years of travel in the works -- and it includes a little tour guiding.

For 25 years I personally led lots of Rick Steves Europe Tours, but for the last decade or so I've ridden along as a tour member instead. My big news for 2016: I'll actually be leading a couple of tours. While we're keeping the specific dates a secret, one will be a My Way tour and the other will be one of our Best of Europe tours. And I can hardly wait!